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Looks As If Alexander Radulov Will Be Playing In Dallas This Season

added 12:25pm,

FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed forward Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25-million contract.

Radulov, 30, posted 54 points (18-36=54) in 76 regular-season games played with Montreal in 2016-17. He led the team in assists, was second in points and third in goals on the year. He went on to lead the Canadiens with seven points (2-5=7) in six playoff contests.

In four NHL seasons with Nashville and Montreal, Radulov has combined for 156 points (65-91=156) in 230 regular-season games. He has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in all four of his NHL seasons, combining for 21 points (8-13=21) in 24 games played. He has been an even or plus player in every regular season and postseason of his career, totaling a +39 mark in the regular season and a +3 in the postseason.

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Montreal’s Stance On Andrei Markov & Alexander Radulov

from Joanie Godin, translated by Shauna Denis of canadiens.com,

In the opening days of free agency, the deals that haven't been made are drawing as much attention as the ones that already done.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met the media in Brossard on Sunday a day after the market officially opened for business, having stocked the cupboards with a few new assets a day prior. But if two current UFAs who previously called Montreal home want to return to the fold in 2017-18, they'll need to make some concessions, according to the Habs' boss.

Given the current salary cap situation, Bergevin stressed that he isn't able to keep both Russian stars in the lineup together on their terms.

"It wouldn't be possible to give them both what they're asking for," said Bergevin.

But if his veteran blue-liner and shifty sniper dipped their expectations?

"There would be a possibility [in that case], yes," he confirmed.

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Would You Pay Alexander Radulov $42M Over 6 Years?

Not me, he will be 31 on July 5th.

 

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Video- Alexander Radulov Now A Candidate For Goal Of The Day

Made it 3-0 Canadiens, final score 3-1.

 

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Afternoon Line- Alexander Radulov

 

The Canadiens play in Nashville tonight.

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Alexander Radulov’s Character

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The real question is how Radulov came to be perceived as a problem in the first place. A big, powerful, jovial forward with a high skill set, muscle enough to hold off any defenceman and an obvious passion for the game, Radulov is like Alex Kovalev without The Enigma’s tendency to take frequent nights off — so why the doubts? Have we really become such uptight, cellphone wielding, social-media addicted prudes that we want no part of a talented player because he once stayed out until 4 a.m. the night before a playoff game?

It’s ridiculous. Had we applied such rules to Guy Lafleur, he would have spent half his career suspended or nailed to the bench, but today’s athlete is expected to be a version of Sidney Crosby: a hockey-playing robot with the personality of a glass of warm milk.

If we didn’t expect hockey players to behave like monks, Radulov’s success with the Canadiens would not have come as a surprise. The ability was there all along. Radulov first appeared on the radar when tore the “Q” to shreds. In 127 games with the Remparts in Quebec City, he scored 93 goals with 193 assists. In the playoffs his second year, he added 21 goals and 34 assists for 55 points in 23 games.

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A New Beginning For Alexander Radulov

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Just eight games into the NHL season, it appears that Alexei Kovalev, version 2.0, has surfaced here in La Belle Province. The passionate Montreal fans have embraced the latest version of the misunderstood, enigmatic Russian winger with oodles of talent.

Kovalev found new life in his NHL career when he came here years ago. The fans absolutely loved him. This might be happening all over again with Radulov, who is winning over the folks in these parts not just with his offensive flair but just as much for his dogged determination away from the puck.

"You learn from things you go through," said Radulov. "It's not all about just scoring goals or getting assists. Hockey is about playing both ways. To be a good player, defense, neutral zone, you have to block shots, take a check, whatever helps at that time in a game. The goals and assists will be there if you work hard and do the right job."

And the fans have noticed. "People here see if you're working hard, they will respect that," said Radulov.

One person who would have easily predicted Radulov's early-season success in his return to the NHL after four years back in Russia is his former junior coach in Quebec City.

"I love Alexander Radulov as a person," said Hall of Famer Patrick Roy in French via email Thursday. "He's a dominant player and dedicated and I'm not surprised at all to see his success so far this season.''

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Videos- Alexander Radulov Provides The Spark For The Montreal Canadiens

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There were some raised eyebrows on Canada Day when Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced he was bringing Alexander Radulov back to the NHL after a four-year absence.

But the gamble appears to be paying off, with Radulov earning the respect of his teammates and the adoration of the fans.

Radulov had a hand in all three Montreal goals Monday night as the Canadiens squeaked past the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 at the Bell Centre.

Radulov’s last full season in the NHL was in 2007-08; a comeback in 2012, with Nashville in the playoffs that year, was aborted after he and Andrei Kostitsyn missed a curfew.

“When I was younger, I made mistakes and I don’t want to step in that again,” Radulov said. “Time flies and you learn. That’s why I give 100 per cent. It wasn’t easy for me to come to this league and I appreciate the GM gave me a chance and I can’t play bad.”

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Afternoon Line- Alexander Radulov

"I'm happy to finally be here, I'm excited to be back in the NHL.

"To be part of Montreal is huge. It's a hockey town and they always want to go on a run for the Cup and that's the main reason I chose Montreal."

-Alexander Radulove of the Montreal Canadiens.  The CP at TSN has a bit more.

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All Alexander Radulov

from Alexei Shevchenko of Sport-Express (roughly translated),

- During the negotiations have "sent" to several NHL clubs.What news was true?

- Me was interested in five or six teams. Communicate with many, but the most realistic, perhaps, were the "Detroit" and "Florida". Then the negotiations with "New Jersey" were held.We can not say that we have already thoroughly discussed the move, but these clubs have expressed interest.

- That is, they call you?

- No, all negotiations have been at a time when I was leaving immediately after the playoffs. That's why I do not hide who talked with me. We had agreed that after the final series for the Gagarin Cup, I come to talk. Phone phone, but personal communication is much more important.

- Oh, that after the departure of the playoffs.

- NHL could understand. They wanted to see me, to talk personally. I have not played in North America, has changed. Everyone was trying to figure out how I personally very interested in playing overseas. I think that for "Montreal" it was a defining moment. General manager of the club believed.

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Alexander Radulov To Montreal

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract (2016-17) with free agent forward Alexander Radulov.

Radulov, 29, played 53 games with the KHL’s CSKA Moscow in 2015-16, leading his team in goals (23 – tied for fifth in the league). He ranked second in the KHL in assists (42), points (65) and differential (+28). The 6'01’’ and 205 lbs winger served 73 penalty minutes, registered 177 shots on goal and averaged 21:06 of ice time per game. He finished tied for third in the KHL playoffs with 16 points (4 goals, 12 assists) in 20 contests, helping Moscow reach the Gagarin Cup finals.

Radulov appeared in 154 regular season games with the NHL's Nashville Predators, contributing 102 points (47 goals, 55 assists). He scored nine goals on the powerplay and six winning goals, with a +29 differential and 74 penalty minutes. In eight seasons with Ufa and Moscow (KHL), Radulov collected 492 points (169 goals, 323 assists) in 391 games. He won the Gagarin Cup in 2011 with Ufa.

A product of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts, Radulov collected 227 points (93 goals, 134 assists) in 127 games in the junior ranks. He helped the Remparts win the 2006 Memorial Cup tournament, ranking second in the tournament with nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in four games.

On the international stage, Radulov suited up for Russia at the U18 World Championship in 2004 (gold medal); at the 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships (two silver medals); at the World Championship in 2007 (bronze), 2008 (gold), 2009 (gold), 2011 and 2013; as well as at the Winter Olympic Games in 2010 in Vancouver and in 2014 in Sochi.

Pierre LeBrun reports $5.75M.

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Alexander Radulov Back To The KHL

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Russians omit Radulov from initial World Championship roster

By Russian standards, this is a minor quibble, but it's noteworthy for those of you whose teams might be pursuing Alexander Radulov. From the ITAR-TASS news agency...

Russia’s titled forward Alexander Radulov was unlisted on Thursday in the national team’s final roster for the matches of the 2016 IIHF World Championship, which kicks off in Russia tomorrow.

The final roster of the national squad, presented by the team’s coaching staff, contains the names of two goaltenders and 16 field players. Teams competing in the world championship have the right of including in the roster up to 25 players each, according to IIHF regulations.

Radulov, 29, who is the two-time World Champion playing for the national team in 2008 and 2009, was initially included in the extended roster of the Russian squad. However, team’s Head Coach Oleg Znarok announced on Wednesday that Radulov’s place in team was in jeopardy as the forward earlier sustained a groin injury and would certainly miss the first game.

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The Colorado Avalanche May Have Interest In Alexander Radulov

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Alexander Radulov, the former Nashville Predator and current captain of the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, could be on his way back to the NHL in time for the 2016-17 season.

According to a report from Russian website Champion.at, Radulov’s agent, Yuri Nikolaev, said that not only would Radulov be eligible to return to the NHL in 2016-17 but that he has already been contacted by Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy regarding the possibility of coming back to North America.

“Who was his coach (in the QMJHL?)” Nikolaev told Champion.at. “Patrick Roy, who now coaches Colorado. So, Roy phoned (Radulov) and says that he is waiting for the next season. Yes, (Radulov) can leave after next season.”

That is, indeed, the connection for Radulov and Roy, as he coached the Russian winger during his tenure in the QMJHL with the Quebec Remparts. 

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Alex Radulov loses CSKA Moscow captaincy due to ‘discipline’ issues

Ouch, per RIA Novosti:

CSKA Moscow general manager Sergei Fedorov said Monday that the appointment of veteran Russian forward Alexei Morozov as team captain was the “logical move” as last year’s captain, Alexander Radulov, had undisclosed problems with discipline.

Morozov, 36, signed with CSKA in May after nine seasons with Ak Bars Kazan, four in the defunct Russian Superleague and five in the KHL.

“Morozov’s a man with great experience,” Fedorov said at a Moscow press conference. “I think this is a logical move. He’s the most successful, most respected player on our team.”

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Radulov To The KHL

Numerous reports of Alexander Radulov signing for $36M over 4 years with CSKA Moscow.

Sergei Fedorov is the GM of the team.

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Radulov Negotiating A Contract With KHL Team

from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,

Just under a week ago, we wrote about Alexander Radulov and his KHL rights being traded to CSKA, the storied Red Army club.

On Monday, the news comes that Radulov will indeed play in Russia next season.

The always outspoken Yuri Nikolaev, Radulov’s Russian agent, in an interview to Russian newspaper Izvestiya implied that Radulov is going to play in the KHL next season.

“Alexander no longer has thoughts, watching the sea, whether he should go to the NHL or play in the KHL,” Nikolaev told Izvestiya.

“We are negotiating with CSKA about a personal contract.  However we are not in CSKA yet; there are matters we have to discuss with the club’s general managers.

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Nashville Not Interested In Re-Signing Radulov

from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

The Alexander Radulov era in Nashville will likely come to an end soon.

Predators general manager David Poile said today he’s looking to trade the forward’s rights to another NHL team or allow him to return to the Kontinental Hockey League.

“The best way to characterize it is it’s time to not pursue Rad anymore,” Poile said. “If he wants to play in the KHL that’s fine, if he wants to play with another NHL team I’d be willing to trade his rights.”

When asked if it would be safe to say that Radulov won’t be with the Predators next season, Poile said: “I would say right now that would be safe to say.”

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Rangers Interested In Radulov?

It’s getting closer to UFA day, so I become a little more lenient on what I post.  What do you think of this one?

via the Russian website Championet (translated),

General Manager, “Rangers’ Glen Sather began negotiations with the” Nashville “to acquire the rights to forward Alexander Radulov, who on July 1 will become a restricted free agent, according to North American media.

26-year-old Radulov has a tempting offer from CSKA Moscow, but according to the source prefers to pursue a career in the NHL. “Rangers” before you barter the right of the player wants to get a few days for exclusive negotiations with Radulov, to understand its needs and aspirations. Recall that the best sniper “sinerubashechnikov” Marian Gaborik because of shoulder surgery back in operation only for the new year.

Update: This rumor comes from the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, and here it is in English:

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Phoenix Coyotes One Win Away From Western Conference Finals

The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Nashville Predators by the score of 1-0.

You can be sure Nashville coach Barry Trotz will be questioned regarding the lack of scoring, especially with Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn not dressing for tonight’s game.

The Coyotes played their typical brand of playoff hockey and trusted Mike Smith to do the rest.

Here’s the only goal of the game, scored by Shane Doan…

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Afternoon Line

“I haven’t really dissected (Game 3) fully yet.  That’s what I’ll do this afternoon and we’ll make a decision as a group.

“I know it’s going to be very tough if I do anything. I thought everybody was pretty committed (on Wednesday), so I can’t give you a definite decision right now. But the guys that were in got the job done and they played very hard, so it would be very difficult for me at this point to give you an exact lineup for tomorrow.”

-Barry Trotz, head coach of the Nashville Predators on if the “suspended two” will play in game 4.  More from John Glennon of The Tennessean.

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What Will The Predators Do After Tonight’s Game?

from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,

Suspending Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn for Game 3 was a painful decision for Nashville GM David Poile and head coach Barry Trotz.

But the next one will be even harder.

Let’s say the Preds get their act together at home on Wednesday and get their first victory in this series over the Phoenix Coyotes.

Then what? Put the talented truants back in for Game 4? Leave them out and risk being pushed right to the brink without them?

And what if Phoenix wins Game 3? Would Borat I and II then return to try and jumpstart an improbable come-from-behind effort?

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Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn Out For Game 3 For Breaking Team Rules

Nashville, Tenn. (May 1, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forwards Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn will not play Game Three of the team’s Western Conference Semifinals series vs. the Phoenix Coyotes as result of violating team rules.

“The Nashville Predators have a few simple rules centered around doing the right things,” Poile said. “We have always operated with a team-first mentality and philosophy. Violating team rules is not fair to our team and their teammates.”

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Video- How Has Radulov Been Doing in Round 2?

Ask Keith Jones of the NBC family…

thanks to Puck Daddy for the video.

Update: Via Pro Hockey Talk‘s James O’Brien, here’s the NBC Sports version of the video:

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Video- Radulov After The Morning Skate

Alexander Radulov took part in a media scrum today before tonight’s game against the Penguins.

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Radulov Press Conference

It just started, watch it below…

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Radulov Will Have Options For Next Season

from Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy,

The most intriguing part is that it was not Radulov himself who bought out the remainder of this year’s contract. (Radulov is signed in the KHL through next summer). Nikolaev made it very clear, but at the same time he did not want to disclose who the rich “benefactor” was.

But the fact that whoever this undisclosed person or entity is, they only bought out about a month of Radulov’s deal, and not the entire remainder.

What does this mean for Radulov?

Nikolaev added: “We have a contract with Salavat Yulaev on our hands. With a reservation that Alexander has a right to spend the 2012-2013 season overseas.  After July 1 he will become a [restricted] free agent in the NHL and Nashville will make a contract offer. We will have something to compare it to, something to think about.  If Radulov picks Nashville and there is a lockout, Alex will come back to Ufa without a problem. Or he will decide to start the new season in the KHL right away.  Everything is in his hands.”

Anyone can agree that this is a very sweet deal for Radulov. He keeps his multi-million dollar KHL deal as a fallback and a bargaining chip when he negotiated with the Predators this summer.

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The Latest On Radulov

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Alexander Radulov is free to return to the Predators thanks to a deal between the forward and his Russian team, according to a report.

Radulov has reached an agreement with Ufa Salavat that would release him from his contract with the Kontinental Hockey League team, according to Slava Malamud, a correspondent for the Russian daily Sports-Express.

The deal was one of the final hurdles — of which there were many — for Radulov to return to the Predators and the NHL. Provided all goes smoothly, the expectation is for Radulov to return to Nashville this week.

“I was informed when we came off the ice about that,” Coach Barry Trotz said after the Predators beat the Ducks here on Sunday. “And if that’s the case I think that’s probably pretty clear, I felt very confident he was coming over, that it just sounded like there was sort of a release problem.

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All Systems Go For Radulov

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Billy Daly and Nashville Predators GM David Poile were in discussion over lunch Monday after the GMs meetings broke up.

Neither were available for comment, but my bet is they were once again discussing the possible arrival of Alexander Radulov from Russia.

Poile and Daly were in constant contact over the past week because the league had to rule on Radulov’s possible re-entry to the NHL. A source told ESPN.com that the league decided Radulov would not require NHL waivers if he decided to return and he would be eligible for both the regular season and playoffs.

Talk about a bonus for Nashville if that happens. And talk about some possibly angry NHL team rivals.

The league also needed the NHLPA to sign off on it and the union did, a source told ESPN.com.

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Afternoon Line

“... I will only note that this issue must be resolved with Salavat Yulaev (KHL team). Without a mutual agreement nothing is going to happen. This is because officially KHL contracts expire on April 30.

“Don’t try to get anything out of me. Let’s agree to this: I will have an understanding of the situation on March 15. We have to see what’s going on with Radulov’s knee… There are a lot of questions, including some about his health.”

-Alexander Radulov’s agent Yuri Nikolaev.  Read more on this if you wish via Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy.

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Preds May Add Radulov To Roster

from Josh Cooper of The Tennessean,

Alex Radulov’s Kontinental Hockey League team has been eliminated from the league’s playoffs, creating a fervor that the suspended Predators forward could return to Nashville this season. Still, there is no definitive news on Radulov at this moment.

Radulov’s agent, Jay Grossman, said that there was “no change in his status,” as of Friday afternoon.

Radulov has one season and $980,000 left on his Nashville contract. If Radulov were to return to North America this season, that would be fulfilled and he would become a restricted free agent in the NHL.

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Here is Poile…

“We’ve had more meetings than I’d like to remember in terms of talking to Rad or to his agent, and it’s really up to him. We laid all the groundwork for him to come back, whenever that is going to be. But I think the groundwork has been laid over the last couple of years, and it has been available to take that opportunity. He’s the one who’s going to have to make that decision….

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Video- Who Knew Alexander Radulov Had Such A Powerful Backhand?

Puck Daddy with the details…

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Radulov Interested In Returning To Nashville

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper,

Alexander Radulov wants to play for the Nashville Predators next season.

That is the latest word — maybe — according to General Manager David Poile, based on a conversation Wednesday morning between Radulov andPaul Fenton, the Predators’ assistant general manager.

Radulov has played the last three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and has served as a flashpoint in strained relations between the NHL and Russia’s hockey federation because he signed his KHL deal while still under contract with Nashville.

“[He says] he can get out of his contract,” Poile said. “I don’t know what he wants to do. … We [told] him … we can trade his rights, but he said, ‘No, no. I want to play in Nashville.’

“So that’s where we’re at.”

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News and Notes from Europe

Hello readers,

I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!

Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.

On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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A Straightforward Deal?

from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,

Late yesterday, Sportsdaily.ru reported that Radulov signed a 3-year extension to his contract with Salavat Yulaef of the KHL. The news came as a surprise as many expected to see Radulov back in the NHL next season.

As it turned out, the initial report of a 3-year extension is not entirely accurate. Puck Daddy, with the help of Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport found out that Radulov signed a 2-year extension (he has one year left on his current deal), a fact confirmed by Oleg Gross, Salavat Yulaef’s GM, to Lysenkov.

Also, Radulov signed at the end of August, right before the NHL visited Russia to play two games against KHL clubs, for the first time in 20 years; right before the two leagues signed an official agreement to respect each other’s contracts.

It is very unusual and strange that the news of KHL’s reigning MVP signing an extension was not reported when it happened. Why such secrecy?

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Radulov Sets New Record

Alexander Radulov of Salavat Yulaev entered the record books recently by scoring the fastest goal in Russian hockey history. Radulov scored six seconds into a match against Yugra, after intercepting a pass and doing a nice spin-o-rama move on goaltender Mikhail Biryukov. Radulov beat the twelve year record of seven seconds, set by Andrei Pychelyakov of Severstal in 1998 and later tied by former NHLer Dmitry Yushkevich of Magnitogorsk in 2003. However, Radulov’s goal is not the fastest goal ever recorded in a professional hockey game as that distinction is held by four players who were able to find the back of the net one second faster than Radulov. They are NHLer’s Doug Smail (1981), Bryan Trottier (1984) and fellow Russian Alexander Mogilny (1991), as well as Slovak 2nd division player; Frantisek Zubek of Presov.

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Radulov Had No Support In Nashville

from David Boclair of the Nashville News,

The best players in the world play in the NHL, and ones who can score the way Radulov can (particularly at such a young age) are prized commodities. They are the ones who drive the market, even these days when the league operates with a salary cap and an uncertain financial future.

Had Radulov stayed with the Predators through last season, he would have been a restricted free agent this past summer. One way or another, he was going to cash in. Either the Predators would have locked him up with a long-term deal, or another team would have signed him to an offer sheet that would have guaranteed him a hefty salary. And Nashville still would have had the right to match the contract.

Instead, he went home to Russia because he felt like an outsider in his own locker room. His teammates did not support him. His coach did not support him.

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Report- Radulov Staying In KHL

via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,

Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.

YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.

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Next Move Is Up To Radulov

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Asked if Radulov expressed regret for leaving the Predators in a difficult situation last July, Poile paused before answering.

“I think he has a hard time understanding our position when somebody else was offering him an improved situation,’’ Poile said. “Just like I believe that if he wants to come back — regardless of the fact he signed a multiyear contract there — I don’t believe he thinks it’s a problem coming back.’’

Poile told Radulov that if he did return to Nashville, he’d still need to complete his final contracted season at a base salary of $984,000. Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, teams cannot rework an entry-level deal. Radulov would become a restricted free agent when that deal expires.

“So that’s where we are,’’ Poile said. “It’s up to him to make the next move.’’

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Predators Schedule Meeting With Radulov

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday that he and Radulov’s agent, Jay Grossman, have tentatively agreed to a meeting featuring all three men now that Nashville’s season has come to an end….

At some point, we’ve either got to kiss and make up and bring him back into the fold, or trade him because he is an asset, or leave him over there if that’s where he wants to play,’’ Poile said.

“I’ve said all along that it’s my strong belief that he wants to play in the best league in the world and that’s not there, it’s here. The road to get back to the NHL has got to be through Nashville.’‘

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Doubtful Radulov Would Join Predators This Season

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Agent Jay Grossman said Wednesday he doesn’t see it happening.

“There’s really nothing to report as far as a return at this point in time,’’ Grossman said. “I don’t think we’d be talking about it in days or weeks here.

“While we’ve talked to some guys (with the Predators) that clearly feel he could help them and what have you, it’s not in the cards for him to come back now.’’

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Finally Radulov Talks

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

In his first interview with North American media since he left for Russia during the summer, Alexander Radulov left the door open for a possible return to the NHL and the Predators.

Radulov also said recent comments attributed to him in a letter to Continental Hockey League president Alexander Medvedev — in which Radulov said he was not interested in arbitration and not interested in returning to the NHL — were incorrect.

“I didn’t say that — that letter was a misunderstanding,” Radulov said by phone Wednesday from Ufa, where he is playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the KHL.

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Update 1:06pm: (Alanah) Portions of the original letter Radulov supposedly wrote were publicized by the CP (via TSN) yesterday. For context, here are those segments:

“I returned to Russia not so that I could return again to the NHL but rather to offer all of my efforts and professionalism to the betterment of Russian hockey taking it to a new level,” according to a translation of the letter attributed to Radulov and provided by the KHL.

Radulov wrote the letter to KHL president Alexander Medvedev possibly to end some mixed signals on whether he wanted to return to the NHL.

“I have never been, nor am I currently, nor do I intend to hold negotiations with representatives of the National Hockey League or the International Ice Hockey Federation regarding the possibility of having the case of my transfer to the Kontinental Hockey League reviewed by the International Court of Sports Arbitration in Lausanne,” his letter states.

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The Radulov Situation

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Radulov – caught in the middle of a fight that he couldn’t have anticipated and said to be weighing heavily on him – has, according to sources with knowledge of the situation, hinted that he would like to return to the NHL. That came to light in an interview between Paul Kelly, the NHLPA executive director, and Toronto radio personality Bill Watters on Thursday. What hasn’t been reported yet is Radulov’s preferred timetable – not necessarily now, but by the start of next season. That’s partly because the regular season is under way in the KHL; Radulov has already received substantial bonus monies up front and feels an obligation to play it out in Ufa, for this year anyway.

Ideally, he would like to negotiate some sort of settlement between the Predators and Ufa in the interim that would permit him to do just that - play a year in Russia and then return to the NHL for the start of the 2009-10.

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Now He Wants Back In

from Puck Daddy at Yahoo,

Absolute bombshell dropped by NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly on Bill Watters’s radio show yesterday up on 640am in Toronto (audio): That Alexander Radulov, the former Nashville Predators winger at the center of a very contentious dispute between the NHL and the KHL, wants to leave to leave the new Russian league only a few games into his career there.

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Radulov Case May Go To Court

from the IIHF,

The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:

Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk

Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan

read on including the lifting of five suspensions…

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Predators Suspend Radulov

from the Nashville Predators,

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Alexander Radulov has been suspended indefinitely without pay for the 2008-09 season….

“We are disappointed Alex will not be with the Predators at the start of this season,” said Poile. “He is a world class player who demonstrated last season, with 26 goals and 58 points, that he is an emerging NHL talent. However, since he has not responded to our recent correspondence, we must move forward with our plans for the coming season.

“At some point, we hope Alex will have a desire to return to the NHL and compete in the best league in the world, with and against the best competition. We will re-visit his status at that time.

“Until then, we are focused on the players who are representing the Predators and providing them the necessary support and guidance. We will not allow Alex’s situation to be a distraction and, as such, will have no further comment on Alex or his situation.”

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Preds Want Radulov Back By September 1st

from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,

“We know he signed over in Russia but we are asking him to reconsider and to make a decision to come back,” Poile said. “… We feel Alex is a very, very good young player with a great future ahead of him. We feel he got some bad advice in this situation and hope eventually he will want to return to play with best players in the world in the best league in the world.

“But having said that, we don’t want to force him to come back until he wants to come back. That is not good for Alex or for his teammates. As of Sept. 1, we’re moving on.”

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KHL Wants To Pay Compensation For Radulov Contract

The KHL attempts to buy-out the contract of Alexander Radulov, Bill Daly says the NHL will not even consider it in a story from the AP via the Globe and Mail.

Update 3:07pm ET: More from John Glennon at The Tennessean

The NHL has no choice but to play hardball in the Alexander Radulov case, because of a couple of reasons.

First of all, one of its teams has taken a severe and unexpected hit, faced with the prospect of losing one of the more talented young forwards in the game. Second, the NHL has to fight precedent, because if Radulov is allowed to play in Russia this season, there’s no telling which young European star might next be tempted by a big offer while still under contract.

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Let Radulov Walk, He May Want To Come Back

from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Thus the best compromise is for the Predators to allow him (Radulov) to walk with the understanding that his contract with them, which has one year remaining at $984,200, will be frozen. If or when he decides to return to the NHL, it will be with Nashville under the terms of that remaining year.

Such a move would create some much-needed goodwill with the player, protect the franchise’s investment in that player and eliminate an unwelcome distraction from both the locker room and the board room.

Of course, that assumes both sides are willing to compromise — and at this time, that’s assuming a lot.

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